2015: A Year to Get Shit Done

2014 was a pretty good year for my running “career”. Back in 2013 (I think around March), I started Couch to 5K and wrote my first blog entry at the end of May about how I was going to run the Tinkerbell Half Marathon. At the time I was struggling to run for 10 minutes straight, but was determined that I would run a half marathon in 2014.

Well, come January 2014, I ran my first half marathon and proceeded to run 3 more that year. Yep, I went from barely being able to run a mile mid-2013 to completing 4 half marathons in 2014! While I recognize that that is a great accomplishment, I still don’t feel like my running game is up to par with where it should be. Despite all my extra running in 2014, I gained waay too much weight and had way too many lulls between training for each race.  Continue reading

Marathon Training: Week 1

Well, I did it! My first week of training is behind me. I’ve been using Runner’s World’s bigbookbeginner marathon training plan from the Big Book of Marathon & Half Marathon Training. Yes, despite all the free information on the internet, I still went and bought a physical training plan.

The book has a lot of info on fueling, staying healthy, yadda yadda, but my favorite part is its companion journal. I’m going to try to religiously document each run in my journal so that I can look back at my first marathon and think fondly of how much pain I was in.

So far, the journal has actually been helping me stick to my goals. Since I know that it’s there, waiting for me to write in it, I feel this guilt bubble up in me if I think about not going through with a run. Also, I write goals for each run in the book and knowing that I have to go back and confirm whether or not I reached those goals makes me push myself a little more.

I was lucky that this week was wonderfully delightful weather-wise and was perfect for a first week of really getting back in the swing of high-mileage weeks. Here’s what was on the docket for the week:

Monday: Rest (I strongly stand by having the first day of any training plan being a day of rest… I assume this is for people who are already doing a lot of running beforehand.. not doing a lot of resting, like me)

Tuesday: 3 miles (It was cold and pouring this day so I did 3 miles on the dreadmill)

Wednesday: Rest (I do this well)

Thursday: 4 Miles (I actually also rested today since we were traveling a lot for Christmas)

Friday: Rest (did the 4 miles from Thursday. My boyfriend accompanied me for 2 of which and it was SO nice out, I ended up running in just a tshirt and capris)

Saturday: 3 Miles (easy peasy lemon squeezy)

Friday: 5 Miles (tried a new route… hillier than expected)

My major goal for the week was to run each distance without walking at all. Since they were relatively short distances, I figured it’d be easier to psych myself into completing that goal. I told myself that speed didn’t matter — completing the distance with no walking did.

I shockingly completed that goal (even despite Sunday’s extra hills) and I kept my pace in the 11 min/mile range (expect for the 3 mile days, those were a little faster). I’m hoping that my pace for the marathon will stay around 11 min/mile so hopefully I’m on track for that.

The big old book says to train about 60 seconds slower than goal pace but I can’t sustain a 12 min/mile pace.. my body naturally just bumps it up a bit. Granted, I totally get in that 12 min range when climbing hills, but the whole mile averages itself out to be a bit under.

I am now enjoying my Monday rest day and will probably just do some foam rolling later tonight since my calves have been tight. 1 week down, 15 to go! I can do this! Right..?

 

Guys, Next Week is a Big Deal….

No, not because of Christmas. It’s because on Tuesday I begin MARATHON training. Holy shmoly.

Now, you may have noticed (or not noticed at all because there is nothing happening) that I am a horrible blogger. I know this. I accept it. But I want to try to document this harrowing journey of trying to complete 26.2 miles. Maybe I’ll make it a New Year’s resolution.

Ugh, am I really doing this? Scared.

I Reached The Beach!

Last month, over the course of  24 hours, I ran over 200 miles with a team of 11 other people from my company. Ok, that makes it sound like I personally ran 200 miles… I ran a portion of it – 13.4 miles to be exact. Aaand it was awesome.

I took part in the Reach the Beach relay race with a group of co-workers. I had pretty much “signed up” for it over a year ago (signing up meaning that I told the team captain that I wanted to do it this year) so when the real sign up came around, I had no choice but to follow through!  Continue reading

The Liebster Award

Liebster Award

Hello my little lazy runners! Remember me? I used to write from time to time? Well guess what – I was actually nominated by the lovely Vivian at The Bloggette for the Liebster Award! Imagine that. Someone actually reads this thing and thinks other people might be interested in reading it, too! You should check out Vivian’s blog because she has a great mix of random posts plus posts about running.

So here are the deals with the Liebster Award:

Rules:

  • Post the award on your blog. 
  • Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
  • Write 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers.
  • Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions.

So here we go!

My Random Facts:

  1. I used to never like or want cats and then one day something snapped and I allowed my boyfriend to get a cat with me as long as I could pick it, name it, and never had to deal with the litter box. Well, now I am obsessed with my cat (Gimli) and think cats are pretty cute. My boyfriend likes to remind me of my cat hating days from time to time.
  2. I am oddly obsessed with the paranormal. I love ghost stories, horror movies, and those crappy TV shows about psychics/ghost hunters/personal experiences – you name it. I don’t know why. I like getting scared until it gets dark out and I can’t even go to the bathroom without turning on all the lights. Whooops.
  3. I love racing and hate training. The name of my blog says a lot about my relationship with running. I am soo lazy when it comes into getting in my weekly miles but I love long distance races. I think it’s just something about the race atmosphere – the spectators and the other runners – that gets me moving. I guess it’s not a bad thing, it just stinks when I’m training for a race in the middle of the winter and have a hard time getting out from under a blanket.
  4. Tom Hanks is my favorite actor ever. Even his bad movies are great. Plus he’s a really stand up person (or so I’ve read – I guess I can’t say for sure because I’ve never bet him, but I don’t doubt it).
  5. I LOOVE candy. Gummy candy mostly. Chocolate I can usually do without, but get me in a bulk candy store and I will be walking out of there with $20+ worth of gummy cavity causers, no doubt.
  6. In the course of 2014, I will have gone from never running anything longer than a 10K to having completed 4 half marathons! Knock on wood that nothing happens to me to make it so I’m unable to run my final two in October and November :).
  7. Monsters Inc. is my favorite Disney/Pixar movie. I think it’s because Sulley is so fluffy. And all the other pretty colors of the monsters. Ah, imagination.
  8. You will be hard pressed to see me out of bed any time after 9 PM on weekends. I am an old person and I don’t care. Bedtime is 9 and that is that. I may be awake later, but I will definitely be in my bed.
  9. I am a New Englander through and through. I’ve (begrudgingly) moved away from my home state of Massachusetts to New Hampshire and it’s definitely not as wonderful, but the fall makes me like it a little more.
  10. Despite being from New England, I don’t like Dunkin Donuts coffee. There. I said it. It’s too weak.

My Nominees:

Here are my nominees for the Liebster Award. I love all these blogs and you should too!

  1. Running With a Chance of Costumes
  2. Flirty by Thirty
  3. Progressive Runner
  4. Black Dog Runs Disney
  5. Running Up Those Hills
  6. Leg It Leilani
  7. Show Me Ashley
  8. The Real Person L.C.
  9. The Undercover Princess
  10. Happily Ridiculous
  11. The Keto Diaries

Questions for Me:

  1. What is your favourite pastime?
    Napping? Does that count? Ooh or how about going for a run then napping right after – that feels great.
  2. Are you a beachcomber or a homebody?
    Definitely a homebody, but it’s funny – ever since I moved away from the ocean, I miss it like crazy (I know I’m not very far, but I’m also not 2 miles down the road. It’s rough).
  3. If you could travel to one place in the world today, all expenses paid, where would you go?
    South Africa. Hands down. They have penguins. Enough said.
  4. If you could change one moment in your life, what would it be?
    Slacking off in cross country in high school. I was injured the first season and then just became lazy the summer before the next season so I quit. Lame.
  5. What size shoe are you?
    This varies. In normal shoes, an 8-8.5. In running shoes (depending on the distance), 9-9.5.
  6. What brands are you currently wearing on you?
    Gap, Banana Republic, L.L. Bean, Oiselle, and yoga pants from my work.. so no brand. What a weird mix.
  7. Are you Apple, Android or dare I speak it, Blackberry?
    Plot twist – Windows Phone!
  8. Can you eat only one Lays chip?
    If it’s plain, yes. Sour Cream & Onion – no way jose. Give me all of the chips.
  9. Which TV show character are you most like? Kelly on The Office, Rachel from Friends, DJ Tanner from Full House or Rory from Gilmore Girls?
    Definitely not Kelly or Rachel – they’re too outgoing! I would say a mix of DJ and Rory. DJ can be snarky and doesn’t put up with shit and Rory is introverted.

Questions for You!

  1. What would you rather have: a bear-sized cat or a cat-sized bear?
  2. Favorite season and why?
  3. How many pairs of running shoes do you own?
  4. What’s the one U.S. state you desperately want to visit?
  5. Following that, what’s the one U.S. state you never want to visit?
  6. Favorite genre of music?
  7. How often do you clean your house?
  8. What is the one accessory you could not live without?
  9. What is your worst vice?
  10. Are you a procrastinator or get it done now..er?
  11. What store can you not leave without buying something?

Taking A Break From Running Buddies

My running has really suffered lately and the major thing I can really pin it back to is running with friends. One of my co-workers is way too fast for me so I start out at a pace that I’m uncomfortable with and then end up wearing myself out way too soon. On the other hand, running with my boyfriend is tough because he doesn’t run as much as I do and while he can run at the same speed as me (probably faster if it was up to him), he wants to stop more frequently, which also tires me out.

One exception to this is my friend Merri who is more on my wavelength (and allows me to yell at her if I think she can run farther!). With this one buddy exception, I’m taking a break from running with anyone. I want to be able to go my own speed, stop if I want to stop, and not feel bad if my pace is “too slow.”  Continue reading

Let’s Be Friends

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I’m sorry, I couldn’t not use this picture.

If you’re anything like me, you love to track your runs, workouts, and even calories on multiple different websites. I use Garmin Connect AND MapMyRun to log my runs because if working in tech teaches you anything, it’s that redundancy is golden.

I also have a FitBit account (used to have a FitBit step counter but now just have a scale.. I have the pocket FitBit somewhere, but it’s just so gosh darn small), a MyFitnessPal account, and I’m active on DietBet.  Continue reading